A federal violent-crimes task force has broken up an alleged gun-trafficking conspiracy based in Snohomish County with the arrests Wednesday of four people who were indicted last week by a Seattle grand jury.
Court appearances are scheduled Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Named in the indictment were Heather Chancey, also known as Heather Slater, 34, who is named in 14 of 20 counts in the indictment, including conspiracy, methamphetamine possession and gun charges. Others arrested were Mark Jenkins, 53, who is named in four counts for being a felon in possession of a firearm; and 37-year-old James Michaels and Curtis Van Putten, 43, each named in a single count of being a felon in possession of a gun. All four live in Marysville, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment alleges the group illegally sold more than 50 firearms to an undercover investigator, with many of the transactions occurring in the parking lot of the Tulalip Resort Casino. Among the weapons were sawed-off shotguns, rifles and handguns. Chancey, the indictment says, is prohibited from owning weapons because of a 2001 conviction for possession of methamphetamine.
“The defendants, convicted felons, were selling dozens of high-powered firearms with no sales record and no concerned about there these guns would end up,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “Our community has seen too much heartache come out of the end of guns.”
The indictment alleges most of the sales occurred between October and January.